badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear golden with a creamy white head. Nice floral chardonay sour fruit and light honey aroma and taste with a creamy bright palate and a smooth oaky white wine finish. Excellent.
Hopswagger (86) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
P: An enormous eruption once the cap was popped. Luckily I had a glass close by. Beautiful cloudy orange gold body with a huge tower of white frothy head that reversed to a thin bubbly wake. Wet lacing along the edges leaving behind chunky yeast particles.
S: Chardonnay, brett sourness, earthy yeast and oak shine at the forefront. Lemon zest, lime, grains of paradise, white grapes and a bouquet of peppery spices. Aroma is very similar to a sparkling white wine.
T/M: Earthy yeast, providing a palate covering must, with pears, green apple peels, and white grapes. Aroma is funkier than the palate but much earthier and a lingering spicy profile that warms the back of your throat. Body is acidic, light and vivaciously carbonated. Finishes boozy and dry with bitter apple peels sprinkled with lemon juice. Creates a feel of being in a dusty attic.
O: I gotta say Iím loving Stillwater so far. This is a great saison that really exploded with wine aroma and Brett funk. The taste was much more faint than the nose but still worked well. I would have liked more Brett funk flavor but all in all a success. Cheers!
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bit pricey at $15 for an 11.2oz. Poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy translucent sunset orange colour with a sudsy white head that dimples as it fades, leaving a solid one-finger cap. A thin, yet complete film of off-white foam is left on the opposite side of the glass. Spotty lacing on the other side. The nose is spicy, floral and funky with an unmistakable french oak and white grape character. Citrus tones resemble pineapple and blood orange. Musty basement aromas give it a "rustic" feel. Flavour is wildly different than the nose suggests. Farmhouse funk, herbal, grassy hops and intense oaky Chardonnay notes dominate. The aftertaste is far less abrasive, leaving little hop impression and much more fruity and vanilla-oak impressions, with a bit of cream-like flavour and a strange suggestion of cinnamon. Lightly sweet, low bitterness and salty. The mouthfeel features a highly attenuated, thin bodied, yet creamy texture with lively carbonation, and drying finish. The palate duration is long, leaving oaky and yeasty aromatics that linger. Still, this lovely brew coats tooth and gum while feeling dry in the finish. Alcohol is not so well-hidden, but complements the complex nuances this beer has to offer. Outstanding. I donít want this to end!
Travlr (9838) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím glad someone added this one to the database. This was my favorite beer of the day at the Hill Farmstead saison festival. Small bottle. Hi carbonation. Cloudy orange color, huge off white head, solid lacing. Aroma of grandmaís attic where sheís storing rye bread and dirt. Taste has an aggressive and funky sourness with toast, orange peel and vanilla. Brian has done it again.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Sugary cotton candy, fresh pineapple, light honey and dusty yeast , lots of oak and buttery chardonnay. The taste is light to moderately sweet, lightly tart, cotton candy and honey, lots of fresh citrus, pineapple and just a but of tannic chardonnay on the finish. Fucking awesome. Best Stillwater yet! Nice work Brian!
bluejacket74 (1131) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and thereís a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like tropical fruit, lemon peel, Chardonnay, oak, peppery spice, and Brett. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but thereís also some apples and a tart/sour fruity flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís well carbonated and has a somewhat dry finish. I think itís a pretty good overall brew, itís a nice mix between a saison and a wild ale. At $8.99 a bottle Iíd have no problem buying this one again, itís definitely worth a try.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass. This beer pours a murky light orange/gold color with a pillowy white head. Aroma is amazing, smells like chardonnay grapes and oak with some funk thrown in. Taste is also amazing, dry, notes of the saison spices and bitterness from the hops. On the back end, you get notes of the oak, and a little bit of sweetness from the chardonnay. This took a great beer and made it amazing, I only wish this was regularly or readily available. Palate is light and clean with effervescent carbonation, leaves a clean dry finish. Overall, this is absolutely amazing. Well done, Brian.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle. The body is a hazy, glowing, deep golden-orange amber hue. A small but dense head of smooth, off-white to cream colored foam settles to a thin but lasting blanket with a pronounced edge. Rounded flares and trace snakes of lacing mark the glass. Chardonnay barrel influence is immediately apparent on the nose, as it imparts a drying, oaky, mildly vinous character that works beautifully with the peppery, spicy Belgian yeast, dusty, earthen brett, and fading grassy hops. As it warms, the wine character intensifies, bringing out classic Chardonnay notes of honeysuckle and peach skin. I even get a hint of lemon pith. Underlying malts are dry, bready, and super fresh. In short, this stuff smells amazing. I want to take a bath in it! The taste doesnít disappoint, either. Waves of dried pineapple, dusty spice, woody earth, and dried grass are delicious. Slightly honeyed bread and cereal malt provides a backdrop that lets the spicy yeast shine, yet clamors for attention on its own. Delicious. This body simply glides across the tongue, showing a perfect balance of creamy, satisfying weight and softly zippy, drying carbonation. Just a little less heft would make it feel perfect. What can I say? Another awesome brew from Stillwater.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very clear gold with visible effervescence, dense creamy head, and retention that lasts for hours. Aroma is mildly bretty with Chardonnay/white wine limestone minerality responsible for the main character as well as notes of pepper, honey, and melon. Taste is horsey brett bruxellensis funktivity, limestone minerality, and mild oak barrel sourness. Body is super silky, medium mouthfeel, effervescent, dry minerally finish. Overall, this has more in common with a wine than with most beers. Awesomely complex.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A superbly drinkable rustic blonde saison with nice oak barrel presence without falling into vinous territory. Wow!
How: Bottle 11.2oz. Consumed probably fresh approximately 2 months after purchase. Bottle from my lovely teddy bear Paul
The look: Cloudy shining blonde-orange body topped by a long-lasting small white head leaving good lacings on the glas
In long: The white wine barrels are quite apparent in the aroma yet the very nice rustic yeast and overall character of the regular Stateside Saison still shines. Pretty impressive how the barrel aging was done without sacrificing the excellent regular base beer. Taste is full of fresh crunchy cereals, dry wood, sawdust, dry lemon skin, pineapples, crackers, floral notes, strong farmhouse rustic character bordering clean pedio funkiness. Basically a great beer, quite different from the regular Stateside Saison and just as good if not better. And brewers need to make more complex Saison beers because *I* love them, and until thereís an episode of Mythbusters that proves Iím not the center of the universe Iíll continue believing it.